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Sustainable Solutions for Energy-Efficient Buildings and Net-Zero Emissions

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 175

Special Issue Editors

Department of Electrical Engineering & Renewable Energy, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR, USA
Interests: control of intelligent energy systems; building energy efficiency; building decarbonisation; model predictive control; machine/deep learning; distributed energy resource integration; design optimisation
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Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
Interests: building energy policy; building energy systems; sustainable and resilient buildings; electrification and decarbonisation of built environments; grid-interactive efficient buildings; building-to-grid integration
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Department of Civil Engineering, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR, USA
Interests: energy storage solutions for buildings; sustainable geotechnical engineering practice; sustainable materials and construction methods; soil dynamics

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College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410012, China
Interests: human thermal comfort; energy-efficient technologies; regional energy networks
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building sector represents a critical element within the global energy landscape. As a major energy consumer and source of energy-related carbon emissions, the building sector holds immense potential to assist in energy transitions and to contribute to global climate-change-mitigation efforts. The key to unlocking this potential lies in the evolution of buildings toward greater energy-efficiency and achieving net-zero carbon emissions. With rapid advancements in computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital technologies, a new horizon of possibilities is emerging. These technologies are revolutionising the way buildings are designed, constructed, and operated, striving for energy efficiency and zero carbon emissions.

This Special Issue is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in building sustainability. It aims to highlight advancements that can enhance buildings’ energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, thereby contributing to global efforts in sustainable development. We invite original research articles and reviews that explore various aspects of this dynamic field. The scope of this Special Issue encompasses a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Intelligent Building Operational Control Solutions.
  • Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Building-Design Solutions.
  • Sustainable Materials and Construction Methods.
  • Energy-Efficient HVAC and Lighting Systems.
  • Renewable Energy Sources for Buildings.
  • Energy Storage Solutions for Buildings.
  • Building Energy Modelling and Evaluations.
  • Solutions for Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
  • Building Integration with Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles (EVs).

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Shiyu Yang
Dr. Yunyang Ye
Dr. Jintai Wang
Dr. Yingdong He
Guest Editors

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  • building energy-efficiency
  • net-zero building energy
  • intelligent building automation and control
  • sustainable building design
  • sustainable building materials
  • renewable energy integration
  • building electrification
  • grid-interactive efficient buildings
  • energy storage
  • thermal comfort

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